end·​ing | \ ˈen-diŋ How to pronounce ending (audio) \

Definition of ending

: something that constitutes an end: such as
a : conclusion a movie with a happy ending
b : one or more letters or syllables added to a word base especially in inflection

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Examples of ending in a Sentence

I didn't like the book's ending. Common verb endings in English are “-s,” “-ed,” and “-ing.” You can often recognize an English adverb by its “-ly” ending.
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The news marks a bittersweet ending for a fun Silicon Valley tradition. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Q is for Quitter: Google Ditches Its Android Dessert Names," 22 Aug. 2019 As Pray Tell meets her outside, and meets the two newest Evangelistas, the camera pans up and reveals the final ending quote of the season, this time from Pray himself. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "In With the New: 5 Key Takeaways From 'Pose' Season 2 Finale," 21 Aug. 2019 To the modern reader, Luc’s conduct toward Dominique has strong undercurrents of abuse: her violent emotional trauma in the aftermath of the affair, and the novel’s exquisitely ambivalent ending, go far beyond poignancy or even frankness. Rachel Cusk, The New Yorker, "Françoise Sagan, the Great Interrogator of Morality," 21 Aug. 2019 The best endings are Sweet Endings at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Michigan Renaissance Festival, Detroit Free Press, "Eat, drink and be Mary (Queen of Scots) at Michigan Renaissance Festival," 15 Aug. 2019 But luckily for her, the show's ending coincides with a lot of new beginnings. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Fans That Watched the 'Teen Choice Awards' Want to Know if 'Modern Family' Star Sarah Hyland is Pregnant," 14 Aug. 2019 Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Cardinals seemed like an ending. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds followed a thriller with a laugher – beating Milwaukee Brewers 14-6," 23 July 2019 Despite upsetting fans with its divisive ending, the hit HBO series has now landed more Emmy nods than any other show in a single season, according to Entertainment Weekly. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here Are All 32 of Game of Thrones' Record-Breaking Emmy Nominations," 16 July 2019 Not even the brilliant Tourgée, though, could imagine a happy ending. Charles Lane, WSJ, "Five Best: Charles Lane on Reconstruction and Its Consequences," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of ending

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ending

: the final part of something
: a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word


end·​ing | \ ˈen-diŋ\

Kids Definition of ending

: the final part : end

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